About Us

Who we are, what we do, and why we do what we do.

Our Story

About Our Kids, Inc., (AOK) started as BCAWS Summer Camp in 1999 to provide affordable and progressive childcare for school age children while school is out for the summer.

Free Dinner

We serve a free dinner Monday thru Friday from 4–4:30pm.

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The Beginning

At the time, there were 600 children under the age of 12 in the Lamar School District alone and licensed child care capacity in the entire county was 181. (Kids Count in Missouri, 2000)

This grassroots effort has morphed from summer childcare into a non-profit dedicated to teaching lifelong skills to youth K-12. Annually, more than 50% of our Summer Camp campers are eligible for free/reduced meals.

Troubles

With significant success in securing federal, state and local grants, AOK staff subsequently implemented innovative youth development programs (ranging from mentoring to substance misuse to college prep) and simultaneously pumping more than $7 million into the community.

Grants dried up in 2013 and AOK’s programs were funded entirely by local contributions from 2014 until a federal grant was awarded in August 2017—which not only validated our role in caring for area youth, but also has been a source of community pride demonstrating to young and old alike that youth are important to our population.

Thank You!

We are blessed to be part of such a giving and generous community.

Locations

AOK HQ

Hours of Operation

Monday–Friday: 10am–5pm

The Wolf Building

Hours of Operation

Monday–Friday: 10am–6pm

Nathan's Place

Hours of Operation

Monday–Friday: 10am–6pm

Staff

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Jerod Morey
Executive Director
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Keli Selby
Community Outreach Coordinator
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Zach Morey
Programs Director
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Sara Morey
Nutrition Coordinator
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Mandy Sturgell
Lead Youth Development Specialist
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Michael Mills
Youth Development Specialist & Prevention Educator
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Marina Wimmer
Youth Development Specialist
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Quintin Webb
Youth Development Specialist
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Abigail Ryder
Youth Development Specialist
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Ellie Cawyer
Youth Development Specialist
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Ethan Brenneman
Youth Development Specialist
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Jill Jenkins
Youth Development Specialist
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Victoria Boswell
Youth Development Specialist
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Kathy Jenkins
Founder
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We’re hiring!

Join Us

We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Youth Development Specialist

Design
We're looking for someone who likes to work with kids and wants to help their community.
The Wolf Building
Part-time

Youth Development Specialist

Software Development
We're looking for someone who likes to work with kids/teens and wants to help their community.
Nathan's Place
Part-time

Social Worker

Customer Success
We’re looking for someone motivated and experienced to join our team.
AOK HQ
Full-time

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